R.N. Morris

About me

Author of four historical mysteries published by Faber and Faber: A Gentle Axe, A Vengeful Longing, A Razor Wrapped in Silk and The Cleansing Flames. The novels are set in nineteenth century St Petersburg – the St Petersburg of Dostoevsky – and feature Porfiry Petrovich, the investigating magistrate from Crime and Punishment.

A Vengeful Longing was short-listed for the 2008 CWA Duncan Lawrie Dagger for best crime novel, runner-up in New York Magazine’s Culture Awards for 2008 in the best thriller category, and Highly Commended for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Crime Novel Award 2008 (as was A Razor Wrapped in Silk in 2010).

Now working on a new historical crime series set in the turbulent years before the First World War, featuring a new detective, Silas Quinn. The first in the series, Summon Up The Blood, was published in April 2012. The Mannequin House is due December 2012.

From my website

A crime against blogging

Ah, my poor neglected blog. If this blog was a dog it would be rescued by the RSPCB (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Blogs). This blog is the equivalent of a starving mange-ridden dog kept chained to a post in a dirty back yard, its fur matted,…

Arnold Bennett’s Old Wives’ Tale

I’m reading it at the moment, after hearing Gyles Brandreth and Deborah Moggach enthuse about Arnold Bennett on Radio Four’s Great Lives. I have to say, I think it’s absolutely brilliant. I’m completely hooked. Slightly ashamed to admit that I’ve never read any Arnold Bennett till now, of course. Always…

Bargain basement price for The Mannequin House

Hurry over to amazon.co.uk and you can download the ebook of my novel The Mannequin House for just £2.63. That’s a bit of a bargain, I think you’ll agree. If you haven’t tried one of my books yet, then maybe this would be a good place to start. And if…

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